Guardian leads the list of top 50 media tweeters
The Guardian and its journalists accounted for nine of the top 20 places, but the top spot when to a Sky News journalist. While the Guardian, Telegraph, Financial Times and Independent all features prominently in this news oriented list there is one notable exception that doesn’t: The Times, which seems to suggest this list isn’t quite a far ranging as it needs to be.
One explanation is that the Times with its anti social media paywall,with its content less likely to be shared. It only has one journalist in this list at number 35. That seems to be because the list is so news focused.
Although away from hard news there are obviously a number of high profile Times journalists and columnists on Twitter including @gilescoren @caitlinmoran @marcotti @oliverkaytimes @hugorifkind, @VictoriaPeckham and DAaronovitch among others.
Maybe Portland and Tweetminster need to widen the reference points of this to show a more representative list. It is odd that the Guardian’s Grace Dent appears for instance, but Caitlin Moran doesn’t.
Of course, this is one list, but it is an interesting one none the less. The Independent manages to rack up at least three mentions. Surely that is something that should be of concern?
The index you can see in the image here (click to enlarge) shows the different focus on the various news organisations and where their tweets went.
The ‘Newstweet Index’ looked at more than 330,000 current affairs tweets from journalists, newspapers and TV news channels to come up with the list, which it will update on a quarterly basis.
The Guardian racked up a whopping 100,000 tweets in the three-month period as its tweets rode to the top of the chart through its coverage of the News of the World hacking scandal.
The BBC with 78,000 tweets came second. It featured less coverage of the hacking story, but according to the Tweetminister analysis featured more coverage of the uprising in Libya.
Tim Allan, managing director of Portland, said: “Twitter is fundamentally changing the way that stories break, spread and develop. It has allowed viewers and readers to absorb news through a much more direct relationship with journalists, and many figures who are normally off-camera have become prominent.”
The top five media organisations tweeting was completed by Sky News with 47,000, The Telegraph on 41,000 and The Independent on 27,000.
However, it was Sky News digital news editor Neal Mann (@fieldproducer) who was named the UK’s most influential journalist on Twitter withe the mediaguardian.co.uk (@mediaguardian) coming second in the rankings.
Not far behind was Guardian News & Media editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger (@arusbridger). He was followed by BBC presenter Andrew Neil (@afneil) and the Guardian’s main news feed (@guardian) filled out the top five.
|.||Order||Twitter name||Real name||Job||Organisation|
|.||1||fieldproducer||Neal Mann||digital news editor||Sky News|
|.||3||arusbridger||Alan Rusbridger||editor, the Guardian; editor-in-chief, Guardian News & Media||The Guardian|
|.||4||afneil||Andrew Neil||presenter, BBC1 This Week; presenter, BBC2 Daily Politics; chairman, Spectator Magazines; chairman, ITP Magazines (Dubai); chairman, World Media Rights (London)||BBC|
|.||5||guardiannews||Guardian News Feed||The Guardian|
|.||6||bengoldacre||Ben Goldacre||author, Bad Science column||The Guardian|
|.||7||bbc5live||BBC Radio 5 Live||BBC|
|.||8||charlesarthur||Charles Arthur||technology editor||The Guardian|
|.||9||paulmasonnews||Paul Mason||Newsnight economics editor||BBC|
|.||10||gracedent||Grace Dent||columnist||The Guardian|
|.||11||faisalislam||Faisal Islam||economics editor||Channel 4 News|
|.||12||krishgm||Krishnan Guru-Murthy||news presenter||Channel 4 News|
|.||13||ruskin147||Rory Cellan-Jones||technology correspondent||BBC|
|.||14||suttonnick||Nick Sutton||editor of BBC Radio 4′s The World at One, The World This Weekend and What The Papers Say||BBC|
|.||15||iankatz1000||Ian Katz||deputy editor||The Guardian|
|.||16||commentisfree||Jessica Reed||assistant editor, Comment is Free||The Guardian|
|.||17||bglendenning||Barry Glendenning||deputy sports editor||The Guardian|
|.||18||xtophercook||Chris Cook||education correspondent||Financial Times|
|.||19||tim||Tim Bradshaw||digital media correspondent||Financial Times|
|.||20||archiebland||Archie Bland||foreign editor||Independent|
|.||21||guardiantech||Guardian Tech Feed||The Guardian|
|.||22||jemimakiss||Jemima Kiss||media reporter||The Guardian|
|.||23||estheraddley||Esther Addley||senior news writer||The Guardian|
|.||24||inglesi||Piers Scholfield||BBC World Service journalist||BBC|
|.||25||holysmoke||Damian Thompson||editor, Telegraph blogs||Daily Telegraph|
|.||26||henrywinter||Henry Winter||Daily Telegraph football correspondent and columnist for the Sunday Telegraph||Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph|
|.||27||tobyharnden||Toby Harnden||US editor||Daily Telegraph|
|.||28||hwallop||Harry Wallop||retail editor||Daily Telegraph|
|.||29||skymarkwhite||Mark White||home affairs correspondent||Sky News|
|.||30||richardpbacon||Richard Bacon||Radio 5 Live presenter||BBC|
|.||31||pollycurtis||Polly Curtis||Whitehall correspondent||The Guardian|
|.||32||jackschofield||Jack Schofield||author, Ask Jack column||The Guardian|
|.||33||alextomo||Alex Thomson||chief correspondent and presenter||Channel 4 News|
|.||34||jonswaine||Jon Swaine||New York correspondent||Daily Telegraph|
|.||35||michaelsavage||Michael Savage||political staff||The Times|
|.||36||jamescrabtree||James Crabtree||comment page editor||Financial Times|
|.||37||j_freedland||Jonathan Freedland||columnist for the Guardian, presenter of BBC R4′s The Long View||BBC and the Guardian|
|.||38||janinegibson||Janine Gibson||editor-in-chief, Guardian US||The Guardian|
|.||39||amolrajan||Amol Rajan||columnist||The Independent|
|.||40||benfenton||Ben Fenton||media correspondent||Financial Times|
|.||41||lindseyhilsum||Lindsey Hilsum||international editor||Channel 4 News|
|.||42||johannhari101||Johann Hari||journalist||The Independent|
|.||43||kate_day||Kate Day||social media and engagement editor||Daily Telegraph|
|.||44||shanerichmond||Shane Richmond||head of technology||Daily Telegraph|
|.||45||bryony_gordon||Bryony Gordon||columnist||Daily Telegraph|
|.||46||edwestonline||Ed West||journalist||Daily Telegraph|
|.||47||darshnasoni||Darsha Soni||Midlands correspondent||Channel 4 News|
|.||48||niallpaterson||Niall Paterson||defence correspondent||Sky News|
|.||49||christopherhope||Christopher Hope||Whitehall editor||Daily Telegraph|
|.||50||megpickard||Meg Pickard||head of digital engagement||The Guardian|